I’d rather see wonder
Than a bully on the street
I’d rather stand up to tyranny
Than to bow and kneel at their feet
How we choose
How we live
What we take
And what we give
We are agents of our decisions
In our mind/body vessel we navigate
How shall we proceed?
What shall be our fate?
What gives meaning to our values?
They are tested over time
When we have no answers
Where do we turn for a sign?
Ask an elderly person in hospice
Ask a cancer patient in stage four
What would you have done differently?
What would you have payed attention to more?
When we face our mortality
The men of God
The men of war
What would you embrace?
What would you deplore?
Ask any Olympic athelete
They compete against their personal best
Seeking conquest of there own achievements
Done on their own behest
In our conquest of our own ethical behavior
Countless factors make up this equation
The wisdom in aggregate from past encounters
May often help us on occasion
The problem with self- improvement
The reflection in the mirror is tainted
Not unlike a Salvador Dali
The surreal reality that is painted
It takes skill and clear perspective
To acquire moral character
If blessed with a loving upbringing
You benefit as a blessed inheritor
Some will never ask the questions
Some will never answer the call
Treading water in the pool of humanity
The vast majority will sink in the squall
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